The Jemaa el.Fna square, in Marrakesh

The Jemaa el.Fna square, in Marrakesh

The Jemaa el-Fna square is one of the most exciting places that I have ever visited.

It is the heart of Marrakesh’s medina and one of Africa’s most famous square. (In order to get know more about this city, I do recommend reading the previous article). The square was elected, by UNESCO, as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008.

I have to start by saying that everything stated here falls very short if the reader’s intent is to have a clear grip on what this place is – the commercial and activity hub of Marrakesh. The Portuguese author Miguel Sousa Tavares affirms in the book “Sul” that “every single one of the city’s gates” should state “Marrakesh: live slow and leave fast”. “Because Marrakesh is an ambush”. (more…)

The Red Square of Moscow

The Red Square of Moscow

The Red Square of Moscow is a famous place, deemed as Russia’s central site (several of its main routes start right here) and separates the Royal city (known as the kremlin) and the historical neighborhood of Kitay-gorod, one of the oldest areas in Moscow.

Kremlin means fortress, or fort, and it was a military construction whose goal was to protect against invaders.

Some cities, including Moscow, were built around a kremlin. Currently, the official residence of the President of Russia is located in Moscow’s kremlin (which occupies about 30 hectares), in addition to several other palaces and churches. (more…)

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